The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book!
I was hesitant on reading it - because I'm not really that into action type books...and I thought thats all this was going to be. After several comments from friends mentioning I need to read it and that they read the whole series in one weekend - I took a crack at it.
It was great and I am so glad that I did! I'm holding off on reading the second book (and believe me it's tough) because of the fact that I'm meeting with a book group soon and this is what they are reading. I don't want to accidently ruin the next book or mix in the plots.
It is written in first person and introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. This is where the government, working in a central city called the Capitol, holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual event where one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.
It was good from the very beginning - my only regret is that it took me so long to read it. I snuck it in every chance I got - lunch breaks, before bed time (often times being so tired at the end of the day I'd fall asleep reading it and smack myself in the face with my eReader on accident), any place I could think of.
My husband and I started reading it the same time - he's the faster reader and ofcourse finished it before me. He loved it just as much as I did and would constantly ask "where are you at now" just so we could discuss what had happened so far.
It is a young adult novel - but it didn't seem like it, it's great and there are so many views to be had on the "government" in this book and the things they force their citizens to do.
I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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